8mm Film holds up pretty good over time. However, each time you play your 8mm film in a projector, you take the chance of scratching, burning or tearing the 8mm film.
If you look around at all the 8mm film to DVD companies you find that over 99% of them are using a sprocket driven machine if not an old projector or modified projector. This means that each time you transfer your 8mm film to DVD you take the chance of scratching, burning or tearing the 8mm film.
Another factor in deciding how many times you can transfer your 8mm film to DVD is the age of the 8mm film and the way in which it has been stored. 8mm film can last up to 60-70 years if stored properly. In general, if the 8mm film can be played in a projector, it can still be transferred.
Less than 1% of the companies out today use a professional roller based 8mm film to DVD film scanner. These machines don’t use the sprocket holes or an old projector to transfer the film. So, these professional 8mm film scanners can’t scratch, burn or tear the film. In addition, these 8mm film to DVD film scanners can better deal with fragile or warped 8mm film. If you have a choice, choose to transfer your 8mm film to DVD using a professional 8mm film scanner.